Christmas Goodies 2: Harlock, Emeraldas, etc etc.
Huge Emeraldas picture is appropriate because there’s tons of stuff in here. Let’s get started.
1. Leijiverse Integrated Timeline 3.03
Buoyed by fan support , Mandel, the author, has already updated the new 3rd edition. Additions include more info on Millennial Queen and SSX (thanks to Live-eviL updates) and a discussion on Harlock’s celibacy after Maya’s death (!). A number of dates have been rearranged and various spelling mistakes have been corrected (the full list of changes is at the end of the document). Here:
2. Queen Emeraldas manga
This is a translation/adaptation of the manga, by the author of the Timeline. At the end of the first volume he explains exactly how he went about doing this so do read that too. Also at the end of each volume he goes into the relationship between the manga and the anime, and even does shot-by-shot comparisons between the two media.
In my opinion, this manga can best be described as “sentimentalist”. Lots of action takes place, but the core of the story is feeling and emotion. It’s quite a read.
3. Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga
A group called Offtopia has been working on an English translation. They’re about 1/3 of the way done and they’re hard at work on the rest. They’ve also stated other Matsumoto projects are on the way!
4. Space Pirate Captain Harlock dub
Check out this dub being released on YouTube. Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away someone thought it’d be a good idea to do an English dub of Harlock and Millennial Queen mashed up into one series! Weird. Anyway, VVAproductions has been working on splitting the two series and basically recreating as much as possible the original series. Here’s episode one :
5. Star Blazers The Comet Empire – Warp Speed Version
This is essentially the second season of Yamato/Star Blazers condensed into just under 3 hours. Wow!